Daniel Khalessi is the newly elected president of the Stanford Law Review. Daniel is the first Iranian American to be elected as president of the Review and was also the first student to receive a Certificate in Iranian Studies from Stanford in the Iranian Studies Program. He is working towards his J.D. at Stanford Law School with plans to become an international legal scholar. Daniel has a strong passion for diversity and is enthusiastic about broadening the perspectives and backgrounds represented both within the Stanford Law Review and the Stanford Law School, as well as the university as a whole.
Before attending Stanford Law School, Daniel earned a B.A. in International Relations from Stanford, as well as an M.A. in Global Affairs from Yale University and an M.A. in Economics from Peking University where he was a Yenching Scholar. Daniel earned the Stanford Award of Excellence and won the Firestone Medal in International Security Studies for his honors thesis entitled “The Ambiguity of Nuclear Commitments.” Beyond his academic achievements, Daniel boasts experience in a number of other arenas, including, serving as the Co-Founder and CEO of the mobile app Fireside, traveling the Silk Road for his master’s capstone project, and serving as an Advisory Board Member for Former U.S. Secretary of Defense William Perry’s Project on Nuclear Disarmament.